Repainting a front door blackish-brown
With some nice weather this past weekend, I decided to get out the paint brush, and ended up repainting the front door blackish-brown!
I’ve always felt painting a front door is one of the easiest, quickest and most price efficient way to enhance a home’s curb appeal. I love changing the tone as desired and trying out new colours!
It wasn’t that I didn’t like my front door as-is… I actually really loved the current Bayberry tone! It was the perfect green that chimed in with nature. I highly recommend it!
I was just ready for a few next steps in my future exterior dream home plans.
Awhile back, I shared THIS post on dreaming up new improvements to the outside of my style of house. Here were a few drawings I shared at the time…
My mind has slightly changed over time, however in a nutshell, my current plans include neutralizing the tones of the house while adding in some rustic wood charm!
So the first thing I did was play around with the trim colour. I’ve loved the deep chocolate-black trim paint and colour for a number of years already, however it was a flat finish. So as a trial, I ordered up the same tone but in a satin finish so it wasn’t so chalky looking and feeling.
I’m much happier with the new satin sheen! So I painted my front door with it too!
The paint I used
My paint choice is a custom-blended very deep dark chocolate or warm black.
It goes on looking black, but it dries with a warm chocolate undertone. It’s a warm black if you will.
Cloverdale Covercoat Satin (new colour)
100% Acrylic Latex
Recipe for 1 litre
Repainting a front door blackish-brown
So I brought out my little folding table to the front door to hold the paint supplies and got to work!
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Supplies I used:
House paint in a satin finish
Find a Fusion Mineral Paint merchant HERE for likely everything you would need.
Method of painting a front door
While painting a front door is relatively easy, being outdoors can provide a few challenges as paint dries quickly in windy conditions. So here’s a run down of how I do it, keeping in mind to always paint against a wet edge.
View short video of my process below these instructions.
1. Remove door handle and lock.
I personally leave the front door on, however an option would be to remove it so you can paint inside as well.
One thing I do though without fail is remove the door handle and lock. It isn’t hard to do, although my kind of keypad lock does always make me think twice when I put it back together again! But the extra effort is always so worthwhile so you have a nice smooth surface to work with.
2. Clean the door.
I had just pressure washed the front of the house so wiping the dust off with a damp rag did the trick.
But if dirty, I stock Fusion’s phosphate free TSP. It’s very concentrated and lasts a long time, and you don’t have to rinse it off.
3. Scuff sand the door, then remove the dust with a tack cloth.
Scuff sanding (ending with high grit sand paper) adds some tooth for new paint to stick to. After removing the dust with a tack cloth, I also quickly go over the door with a damp cloth to ensure all the dust has been removed.
4. Roll on the paint with a microfibre roller, then use a 100% synthetic paint brush to smooth out the texture in long, even strokes.
Sometimes I paint the door with just a brush. But this round, I tried out using a microfibre roller to apply the paint first, then smooth it out with a brush afterwards. It did make the task quicker, but the only thing I may do different next time is use more paint on the roller so there’s more open time to work with.
Other door painting tips:
- A good quality 100% synthetic brush tends to leave a smoother finish vs. a brush that contains natural bristles.
- I paint the horizontal sections of the door first, then the verticals, moving from top to bottom, always against a wet edge.
- An artist’s brush was used to paint the smaller inner window frame areas.
- After the paint dried, I used a razer blade scraper to clean up the glass.
- I only applied one coat.
I personally did not prime the door, because my last paint was Fusion Mineral Paint. A scuff sand was all that was required.
You may require a primer if you are going from oil to water base. It really depends what is already on your door and what paint you are applying. I suggest to ask a retailer for instruction or read the suggestions on the paint label.
Click above to watch a short video of my paint method.
Blackish-brown front door reveal!
And in just a few minutes, I had the most beautiful, deep chocolate neutral door ever! Isn’t it pretty?!
I desired the side window framework and door to be the same tone because I have some fun plans on building a custom rustic wood screen door which will ultimately change the look of the door. More on that soon!
Will it hold up?
I don’t yet have working knowledge how this particular paint will hold up as a front door choice. (Painted May 2020) Dust does collect on it quickly, and I’ve found if I run my fingers on it, it leaves smudges. Probably similar to most other dark tones.
Wiping it with a wet rag appears to be the best way to clean it.
But I do prefer the satin finish over the flat I had for certain! The tone looks richer and deeper and the feel is smoother to the touch on trim work. The door has a very slight satin sheen to it which looks really pretty.
I will for sure update this post on how repainting a front door blackish-brown ultimately turned out as time goes on.
I can however highly recommend using Fusion Mineral Paint for your front door. It’s very durable. I’d suggest to add their new paint extender when working outdoors so you have more open time to avoid premature drying, which can add brush strokes.
So let’s take a quick tour of the door as it stands today… with more fun revamps to come!
This antique crate holds fresh cut bachelor button flowers from the front garden. It’s an easy way to have fresh flowers that appear to be grown inside a window box. Simply replace as desired.
The spring flowerbeds are exploding right now! But they’ll fade quickly, so I couldn’t bypass not capturing them at their present best…
The flowerbeds are so full, there’s barely any soil showing!
I love it this way. Last year was the first time I didn’t cut everything down to the ground over winter, so I think that move paid off.
Not bad for not planting one new thing, huh?
In other front door news, while I pressure washed the driveway and house last week, I also hit this wicker love seat hard, knocking ALL the original paint off! I picked up this piece from a neighbour giving it away last summer.
I honestly didn’t think the paint would come off, so this was a really happy surprise! I’m debating staining it a wood tone so it looks woodsy against other wood accents I’d like to also add to the house. Yay!
My other current dreams for the house exterior:
- Covering the brick around the door with either wood planks or cedar shingles.
- Wrapping the brick posts with wood so they appear solid wood.
- Repainting the house siding… if I don’t replace it with new hardy board. I’d really love for it to be white…
- Adding a DIY rustic custom screen door with soda pop advertising to the door handle.
- Painting or somehow resurfacing the concrete in front of the front door.
Can you see what I see?
What suggestions do you have?
I love the decision on repainting a front door blackish-brown! And can’t wait to implement more changes!
But of course, there’s no real hurry since I’ll be home all summer this year… leaving plenty of time for front porch coffees while enjoying and appreciating my pretty newly painted door!
When’s the last time you painted your front door? What would you like it to be?
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